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Women providing healing, promoting hope

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 25, 2022    in

Continuing with the celebration of the National Women’s History Month theme of "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope", we asked several community leaders to provide their thoughts on their hope for the Omaha metro’s future. According to the National Women’s History Alliance, “The gift of hope spreads light to the lives of others and reflects a belief in the unlimited possibilities of this and future generations. Together, healing and hope are essential fuels for our dreams and recovery.” 


 
CHARITA DAILEY – CHANGE OF OMAHA, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
What is your hope for the Omaha metro area?

Women providing healing, promoting hope: Omaha Better Birth Project

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 9, 2022    in

For March’s Women’s History Month, we look to the 2022 theme designated by National Women’s History Alliance. This year’s theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." Omaha Better Birth Project does just that.

Omaha Better Birth Project (OBBP) works to decrease inequities in childbirth by providing access to doula services, childbirth education, and prenatal & postpartum support for low-income and teen families in the Omaha area. OBBP shares that providing mothers with doulas and childbirth education classes are evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of a traumatic birth or birth complication and lead to better outcomes. However, the cost associated with childbirth education and doula services is often a significant barrier to low-income and teen families.

Women providing healing, promoting hope: Rejuvenating Women

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 1, 2022    in
As we enter March’s Women’s History Month, we look to the 2022 theme designated by National Women’s History Alliance. This year’s theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope."
 
Rejuvenating Women is a non­profit organization here in the Omaha metro that embodies this theme.  They provide hope and restoration to those who have suffered trauma from human trafficking. They develop long-lasting relationships with “deeply wounded women by loving each and every one right where she is in life.” They raise awareness of both labor and sex trafficking in the community as well as invest in the lives of victims and survivors who are living in their residential home and those participating in the programs.
 

March 26: The Gathering - The mission and meaning

Written by Katie Fourney    on February 21, 2022    in
This blog is guest written by Deb Hermann, marketing director of Cues Fund.

The CUES Fund is holding a gala, The Gathering, on March 26, 2022. The event is a fundraiser to help underwrite the cost of education for children in east Omaha. CUES provides services beyond the classroom with support for families to ensure CUES students have a bright future. The brightest light within our community is our children and CUES Schools provide the building blocks by which our community grows!  
  • 100% of CUES teachers are trained to support social and emotional learning because children living in poverty have a 30% chance of social-emotional incompetency 
  • CUES serves areas where household incomes are 42% lower than Omaha’s median income 

Volunteer and Donor Spotlight: Grant Mussman

Written by Marjorie Maas    on August 17, 2021    in
This blog guest-written by SHARE Omaha friend Grant Mussman.

Why do I LOVE nonprofits?  Oh my goodness, so many reasons.

First, it always connects me to my mom. From a very young age, she embedded in me a sense of connecting with others who were different than myself, and giving back when possible. If my memory serves me, and I was pretty darned young, we'd pile into her blue or brown Ford Pinto and head to grab our once-a-week asignment of meals on wheels and we would make our rounds. I'm sure I was cuter as a youngster than I am at 40, but I remember so fondly my connection with those in need. Most were so grateful to see us and as I've grown, I've learned more about food security and how important it is for us to take care of each other.
 

Join this virtual scavenger hunt during Do Good Week!

April 9, 2021    in
This blog is guest-written by Bill Roberts, President of Fricke Episcopal Food Ministry Board of Directors
 
The Fricke Episcopal Food Ministry is a different kind of nonprofit.
 
We aren’t a food bank, food pantry or preparer of foods – we’re a fundraiser for those kinds of nonprofits. We make feeding the hungry easier. Because we make Food Security Grants that must be spent entirely on food for the needy, our supporters can be sure that our grants pay for food and only food.

We thought up a fun game to promote our work – the Virtual Scavenger Hunt.

Donor Spotlight: Denise

April 7, 2021    in
This blog guest-written by Denise Powell of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

My husband and I moved to Omaha 12 years ago. I’m originally from Miami, Florida and the daughter of Cuban and Chilean immigrants. My parents were (and continue to be) advocates for the Latino community, and passionate supporters or the arts, instilling in their children a duty to support and invest in our communities. As an adult trying to find my footing in this world, I became more aware of the barriers many women – particularly women of color - face professionally and personally. In Omaha I found it easier to connect with people doing work in the spaces I cared more about.

I’ve learned more about the unique and varying issues impacting under-resourced communities and how organizations and individuals in town are working to address them.

Donor Spotlight: Abra, supporter of Black & Pink

April 6, 2021    in
This blog is guest written by Abra, a supporter of Black & Pink.

Omaha has long needed affirmative, healing, anti-racist and intersectional housing, wrap around support, mental health, and community programs for LGBTQIA2S+ youth and young adults who are disproportionately impacted by racism, houselessness, violence, suicide rates, and carceral systems that only serve to increase trauma experiences. 
 
Black and Pink inspires me. We are lucky to have this organization with leadership in Omaha, seeking to change the experiences of queer youth and young adults in Nebraska. I am grateful to support Black and Pink National and the Opportunity Campus campaign in their collective and community efforts. 
 

Jan and Connie's lifelong volunteering friendship

April 5, 2021    in
This blog is guest written by Ana Bellinghausen, Sports Marketing Intern at Omaha Sports Commission

Jan Churchill and Connie Mangano’s connection began back at Norris Middle School more than 30 years ago as teachers and coaches.

“I remember walking into the school with Jan the first day and just knowing that she was someone I was going to walk out of this school with on my last,” Mangano said.

Mangano and Churchill worked alongside another teaching and coaching the middle school swim team. This was just the start of an opportunity that would become a staple in Mangano and Churchill’s life.

United Way of the Midlands' Day of Action

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 29, 2021    in
This blog is guest-written by Emily McKenna, marketing coordinator for United Way of the Midlands


This past year brought forth so many challenges for this country and ultimately for our community. COVID-19 has impacted all of us: our loved ones, our neighbors, our co-workers, and more. And we still have a long road ahead of us. For many, recovery— physically, mentally, and economically–will take time. Yet, we are not without hope. Through these dark times, we have learned that our greatest strength is our spirit of community. That spirit of community is especially evident in our local nonprofits who have been on the frontlines of COVID-19 and who have gone above and beyond to serve so many community members during this time.
 

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